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by jserraglio
Wed Feb 01, 2023 10:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: trump the Fifth Hypocrite Supreme
Replies: 2
Views: 11

Re: trump the Fifth Hypocrite Supreme

Q: Are you now, or have you ever been, the POTUS?
A: The Fifth!
by jserraglio
Wed Feb 01, 2023 9:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: London’s scuttling of Edinburgh’s gender law bolsters independence movement
Replies: 0
Views: 12

London’s scuttling of Edinburgh’s gender law bolsters independence movement

NYT Will U.K. Rejection of Scottish Gender Bill Bolster Independence Movement? The intervention from London angered Scottish politicians, but it’s not clear that backers of independence can use the issue to their advantage. By Stephen Castle Jan. 27, 2023 LONDON — When Scotland united with England a...
by jserraglio
Wed Feb 01, 2023 5:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mining snafu left a road in WA’s outback dangerously radioactive for weeks. Nobody noticed.
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Mining snafu left a road in WA’s outback dangerously radioactive for weeks. Nobody noticed.

The GUARDIAN Tiny radioactive capsule lost in Australian outback found by side of 1,400 km stretch of road Coin-sized radioactive device, missing for more than two weeks in WA, posed a significant public health risk Wednesday, 01 February 2023 A tiny radioactive capsule that was lost in the Austral...
by jserraglio
Wed Feb 01, 2023 5:19 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Stagecoach (1939) dir. John Ford
Replies: 0
Views: 11

Stagecoach (1939) dir. John Ford

My favorite Western.

A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing through Indian country.

TCM
Expires today, February 1st
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 31, 2023 4:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MGT and George Santos, a dream ticket
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: MGT and George Santos, a dream ticket

I’m all in for Trump but admit, a MTG/Santo/Subito ticket looks intriguing. It would shatter the Ass Ceiling.
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 31, 2023 2:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Men being whacked again in the Australian Family court
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: Men being whacked again in the Australian Family court

my 50yo nephew said "I have women asking me to 'have a baby with them'". What sorta guy talks to his aunt that way? If this is what passes for Australian manhood, little wonder the Family Court whacks it down hard. Sounds to me like your Family Court is nothing less than a National Treasure. A pric...
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 31, 2023 2:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 633
Views: 118041

Re: TrumpReich in action

Trump's starting to 'look good'!? Like ‘God the Father’ in Milton’s Paradise Lost , Trump looks good precisely because he is so bad. Pretentious, pompous, priggish. I am looking for the MAGA G.O.P. to put him forward him in 2024. They are something else aren’t they?—right out of the Cretinaceous Pe...
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 31, 2023 2:18 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Three Musketeers (1973) dir. Richard Lester
Replies: 0
Views: 46

The Three Musketeers (1973) dir. Richard Lester

Half a century ago, this entertaining spoof was spun off the real thing, aided by a star-studded cast that includes Michael York, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston, Faye Dunaway and Geraldine Chaplin. The score is by Michel Legrand. This romp is full of fun-to-watch hi-jinks. Streaming curr...
by jserraglio
Mon Jan 30, 2023 10:31 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Replies: 0
Views: 33

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Next to Dreyer's St. Joan, this, in my view, is the greatest religious flick ever made.

Now streaming on Kanopy
by jserraglio
Mon Jan 30, 2023 10:21 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Performance (1970) Mick Jagger
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Performance (1970) Mick Jagger

Director Donald Cammell
Cinematographer Nicolas Roeg

A wounded mobster holes up in a reclusive rock star's decaying mansion.

Very much of its time.

Now streaming on TCM
Expires: February 4th
by jserraglio
Mon Jan 30, 2023 10:18 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Blow-Up (1966) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
Replies: 0
Views: 24

Blow-Up (1966) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni

A great flick from the late Sixties! I just finished watching his two early masterpieces, La Notte and L’Avventura.

A photographer discovers a murder in the background of a candid photo.

Streaming now on TCM.
Expires: February 27th
by jserraglio
Mon Jan 30, 2023 6:28 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Huckleberry Finn
Replies: 0
Views: 40

Huckleberry Finn

Reconnected. I hadn’t realized just how great this novel is till this time, I started listening to it read aloud.
by jserraglio
Mon Jan 30, 2023 5:44 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Au revoir les enfants (1987) dir. Louis Malle
Replies: 0
Views: 25

Au revoir les enfants (1987) dir. Louis Malle

First time viewing last nite of one of the greatest films I have ever seen. Period. The acting of its amateur schoolboys is stupendous. Streaming now on TCM. Directed by the great, great Louis Malle.

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by jserraglio
Sun Jan 29, 2023 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest woke lunacy: white theatre reviewers banned
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: Latest woke lunacy: white theatre reviewers banned

Fences was recomnended to me by a student in AP English, who also lettered in baseball, about 15 years ago. I, who had never heard of the playwright, read and assigned it from that day forward in AP and IB lit. with great success. Screened the flick with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. DW planne...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 29, 2023 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 2144
Views: 1376308

Re: What I listened to today

George Szell rarely recorded modernist works, but he did conduct them from time to time, e.g., Easley Blackwood who died this month (April 21, 1933–January 22, 2023). R.I.P.
Szell-Cleveland Orch. - Blackwood Symphony 2 (1960), Fantasy for Orch. (1965).
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 29, 2023 12:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black police officers murder man after traffic stop in Memphis
Replies: 16
Views: 225

Re: Black police officers murder man after traffic stop in Memphis

Still another P.O.V. from this week's New Yorker:

The Police Folklore That Helped Kill Tyre Nichols https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-co ... re-nichols
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 29, 2023 5:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black police officers murder man after traffic stop in Memphis
Replies: 16
Views: 225

Re: Black police officers murder man after traffic stop in Memphis

And why they cry out for their mothers when they're facing an existential crisis (which is a haunting thought in these cases). Complex. Yes, exactly; mother is the nurturer but there's more - dad is often not on even the scene!! Send not to know for whom the Belle trolls. She trolls for thee. :lol:...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 28, 2023 12:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black police officers murder man after traffic stop in Memphis
Replies: 16
Views: 225

Re: Black police officers murder man after traffic stop in Memphis

Belle wrote:
Fri Jan 27, 2023 9:23 pm
And why they cry out for their mothers when they're facing an existential crisis (which is a haunting thought in these cases). Complex. Yes, exactly; mother is the nurturer but there's more - dad is often not on even the scene!!
Send not to know for whom the Belle trolls. She trolls for thee.
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 28, 2023 12:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Putin’s Marauding Horde — a Paper Tiger?
Replies: 0
Views: 33

Putin’s Marauding Horde — a Paper Tiger?

NYT To Fix Its Problems in Ukraine, Russia Turns to the Architect of the War President Vladimir V. Putin is on his third overall commander in Ukraine. But his military’s fundamental issues have not been addressed, Western officials say. By Helene Cooper, Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt Jan. 28, 2...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 28, 2023 9:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mass shootings: an Australian perspective
Replies: 14
Views: 231

Re: Mass shootings: an Australian perspective

Additionally, at least where I come from, my car is subject to: 1. annual re-registration 2. camera ticketing for speeding violations 3. random vehicle safety inspections 4. mandatory safety checks every two years . . . and until very recently (October 2022), 5. random auto insurance checks As a tea...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 28, 2023 6:43 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) dir. Richard Linklater
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) dir. Richard Linklater

The no adult supervision “college” follow up to the "high-school'' hi-jinks in Dazed & Confused. But whereas D & C was unforgettable, this flick is anything but. Disappointing film.
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 27, 2023 7:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Leadership at war
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: Leadership at war

Putin didn't move an inch with Trump there - and still wouldn't. Dear Belle , your ultra-nationalist dogmatism is rearing its pitiful head once again. Not to mention your blithely toeing the Putin propaganda line by asserting without a shred of substantiation that "there are millions of Ukrainians ...
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 27, 2023 5:04 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Dazed and Confused (1993) dir. Richard Linklater
Replies: 0
Views: 78

Dazed and Confused (1993) dir. Richard Linklater

I am screening this comedy classic in my cinema studies class this semester. Directed by the great Richard Linklater: Slackers , Boyhood, the 'Before' Trilogy , and School of Rock , to name just a few. The flick has become legendary (it is now in the Criterion Collection), and my students love it. L...
by jserraglio
Thu Jan 26, 2023 4:47 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Ride the High Country (1962) dir. Sam Peckinpah
Replies: 0
Views: 48

Ride the High Country (1962) dir. Sam Peckinpah

I am a huge fan of of this director [The Wild Bunch (1969) and Straw Dogs (1971)] and this Western is one of his best. Starring Randolph Scott and Joel McCrae as two aging lawmen, a trope found in many Westerns.
by jserraglio
Thu Jan 26, 2023 4:36 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Mission Impossible I-VI - with Tom Cruise
Replies: 0
Views: 41

Mission Impossible I-VI - with Tom Cruise

I binge watched all 6 of these great action flicks on Amazon Prime. Tom Cruise deserves an Academy Award. Waiting for MI VII to appear this summer.
by jserraglio
Thu Jan 26, 2023 10:11 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Women in Today’s Movie World
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Women in Today’s Movie World

NYT CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK For the First Time Ever, I’m Optimistic About Women in the Movie World It’s not just the volume and range of films centered on female characters. It’s also a shift in consciousness that has made feminist concerns mainstream. By Manohla Dargis Jan. 26, 2023 In a good movie year...
by jserraglio
Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:50 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Platoon (1986) dir. Oliver Stone
Replies: 0
Views: 38

Platoon (1986) dir. Oliver Stone

Starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp. Revisiting this great flick after seeing Top Gun: Maverick . Showed Platoon to a group of 17-year-olds after we read Tim O'Brien's 1990 The Things They Carried . Their s...
by jserraglio
Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:40 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Seagull (1968) dir. Sidney Lumet
Replies: 0
Views: 33

The Seagull (1968) dir. Sidney Lumet

Caught this one on the fly during its last nite streaming on TCM. Unbelievable cast for one of the great Chekhov plays. James Mason, Simone Signoret. Vanessa Redgrave, Denholm Elliott, Eileen Herlie, et al.
by jserraglio
Wed Jan 25, 2023 2:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Downfall of the Ivy League: Jordan Peterson in discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: The Downfall of the Ivy League: Jordan Peterson in discussion

You bet. USA higher education is the envy of the world. Any university here with a modicum of reputation draws heavily on international students.
by jserraglio
Wed Jan 25, 2023 3:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Downfall of the Ivy League: Jordan Peterson in discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: The Downfall of the Ivy League: Jordan Peterson in discussion

Just the standard terms of insult ... Do you not read your own posts? Like Old Faithful Geyser, you spew out insults to any and all here on a daily basis, then resort to more of the same when challenged. neither comments constitute an argument of any kind . Whoa there! When you go back to school yo...
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Downfall of the Ivy League: Jordan Peterson in discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: The Downfall of the Ivy League: Jordan Peterson in discussion

Just the facts, Milady. According to the UK’s just published Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2023 , 7 of the 10 top universities in the world are located in the U.S.A. Of those 7, 4 happen to be in the ivy League. Unsurprisingly, of its top 25, not one, zero, nada, is located in...
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 24, 2023 4:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Royal Me: the Haunting of Prince Harry
Replies: 0
Views: 57

The Royal Me: the Haunting of Prince Harry

newyorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/01/23/prince-harry-memoir-spare-review Electrified by outrage—and elevated by a gifted ghostwriter—his blockbuster memoir “Spare” exposes more than Harry’s enemies. Review by Rebecca Mead https://media.newyorker.com/photos/63c05e98e99d89b838ada3b6/m...
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Breaking News: Secret docs stashed at Mike Pence's Indiana home
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Breaking News: Secret docs stashed at Mike Pence's Indiana home

CNN https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/24/politics/pence-classified-documents-fbi/index.html FOX NEWS https://www.foxnews.com/politics/vice-president-mike-pence-discovered-classified-documents-indiana-home USA TODAY https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2023/01/24/pence-classified-documents-home/11...
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 24, 2023 4:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ — Biden climate policy, opposed by MTG & the MAGA GOP, is bringing billions to red states like Georgia
Replies: 1
Views: 103

WSJ — Biden climate policy, opposed by MTG & the MAGA GOP, is bringing billions to red states like Georgia

WALL STREET JOURNAL Biden’s Green Subsidies Are Attracting Billions of Dollars to Red States GOP-leaning states, many with ample sun, wind and available land, are luring clean-energy projects boosted by legislation their representatives opposed Republican-leaning states are attracting most of the c...
by jserraglio
Mon Jan 23, 2023 5:43 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The French Connection (1971)
Replies: 0
Views: 125

The French Connection (1971)

Reconnected with this famously gritty NYC caper last night. A William-Friedkin-directed thriller starring the great actor, Gene Hackman with his trademark porkpie hat (Hackman is still with us at age 92). The first movie with an 'R' rating ever to win an Academy Award. The car chase scene is to die ...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 22, 2023 12:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners
Replies: 37
Views: 1043

Re: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners

Chinua Achebe’s great novel, Things Fall Apart tells of the disruptions caused by the incursion of Anglican Christian missionaries and British colonists and resource extractors (e.g., palm oil) into the land of the Igbo (i.e., what is now Nigeria) in roughly the second half of the 19th century (from...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 22, 2023 10:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: You Can Let Republicans Destroy the Economy, or You Can Call Their Bluff
Replies: 11
Views: 255

Re: You Can Let Republicans Destroy the Economy, or You Can Call Their Bluff

What have you failed to notice about Biden's mental decline and totally embarrassing 'seniors' moments'!!! I've been around geriatrics (in-laws) and recognize all the signs of declining cognition. Then you must have noticed that, like you dear Belle , dodderers are unable to stop repeating the same...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 22, 2023 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4541
Views: 2091378

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Menotti: Amahl & the Night Visitors. David Syrus, cond., Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 1998. Jay Records 2005. FWIW, the Jay Records' website states this is the *only* stereo recording currently available. How true that claim is I do not know. https://ia600902.us.archive.org/11/items/cd_gian-carl...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 22, 2023 5:23 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)
Replies: 0
Views: 86

Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)

One of my favorite films. Capturing the mores of small town U.S.A. as well as those of Canada where it is set. A minor gem of a movie.

Streaming on Kanopy

ImageBDE9F8A6-0EA5-4BA3-AA7E-6A75AF47EC6B by jserraglio, on Flickr
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 22, 2023 5:13 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Unicórnio (Eduardo Nunes, 2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Unicórnio (Eduardo Nunes, 2017)

This Portuguese flick may be the single most lyrically shot film I have ever seen. The anamorphic widescreen visuals are stunning.
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 22, 2023 5:06 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Assistant (2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 75

The Assistant (2020)

Fascinatingly shot and disturbingly performed. This film deals with a young woman who enters a mind-numbingly robotic workplace.
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 22, 2023 5:01 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Beyond the Rocks (1922)
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Starring Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson (I am big. It's the pictures that got small). A hundred-year-old ‘lost’ film that was found and restored only in this century. The narrative is centered on a mercenary marriage and explores the possibility of adulterous love, but the values of a century ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 21, 2023 12:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners
Replies: 37
Views: 1043

Re: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners

from NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ETHNOGRAPHY https://www.nps.gov/ethnography/aah/aaheritage/histcontextsd.htm The majority of all people enslaved in the New World came from West Central Africa. Before 1519, all Africans carried into the Atlantic disembarked at Old World ports, mainly Europe and the offsh...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 21, 2023 12:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners
Replies: 37
Views: 1043

Re: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners

from American slavery: Separating fact from myth https://theconversation.com/american-slavery-separating-fact-from-myth-79620 by Daina Ramey Berry Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History, The University of Texas at Austin Economists and historians have examined detailed aspects of the enslaved...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 21, 2023 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners
Replies: 37
Views: 1043

Re: Freed slaves' letters to their former owners

Mr. Ron, Mr. DeSantis, was mean to me and hostile toward me. Not aggressively, but passively, because I was Black. Like in history class, he was trying to play devil’s advocate that the South had good reason to fight that war, to kill other people, over owning people—Black people. He was trying to ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:32 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: MLK Day tribute: Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep (1978)
Replies: 0
Views: 85

MLK Day tribute: Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep (1978)

If you have never seen this classic, do yourself a favor and stream it this weekend on Kanopy in honor of the late Martin Luther King. It is part of the Criterion Collection and has been placed on the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. Hard to believe this flick was shot in 1972-73 for a ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:16 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Just screened this narrative film masterwork for a group of thirty 12th graders. Many of them had never seen it. They were transfixed. One of Morgan Freeman's greatest acting performances.
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:05 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978), with Richard Gere, Brooke Adams & Sam Shepard
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978), with Richard Gere, Brooke Adams & Sam Shepard

One of the the most beautifully shot of all American films. Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Sam Shepard, with affecting voiceovers by Linda Manz. Gorgeous cinematography by Néstor Almendros and Haskell Wexler. As a bonus, a great musical score by Ennio Morricone.

Streaming now on Kanopy free.
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 20, 2023 1:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Entropic Globalization
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: Entropic Globalization

This essay is probably way beyond the pay grade of those who contribute here at The Pub, but this astute, leading Australian journalist identifies the dark underbelly and counter-intuitive nature of globalization; the ultimate Faustian pact of the Western World. Four big factors are driving the wor...
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 20, 2023 1:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Queen of Woke, Jacinda Ardern, has resigned
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Queen of Woke, Jacinda Ardern, has resigned

Ardern has no sociological imagination; she cannot fathom a world beyond victimhood and climate catastrophism and the inevitable balm is cure-all virtue signalling, astronomical public spending and patronizing condescension. As for economic progressivism - she wouldn't know the meaning of those two...